I'm a newbie who purchased Klipsch RF-42s over the weekend and I'm finding them inadequate. I want to feel enveloped by full-dimension sound, and I want to shiver a bit when I hear a low note struck on a stand-up bass. My hearing in the high range isn't so great, so I don't need extreme clarity, just more depth.
It strikes me that I have two alternatives:
(a) Exchange them. For Klipsch RF-62s? Those would be just about at the top of my budget. (The store of purchase sells primarily Klipsch and Polk, and since this would be an open-box return I'm sure I would be limited to an exchange-only arrangement.)
(a) Buy a subwoofer.
I could probably upgrade to 62s more inexpensively than I could buy your average mid-market subwoofer, but which would get me closer to my sound goals? Clearly, I'm not a serious audiophile, but I am a musicphile and I want decent nuance when I sit down to listen. (The system will not be used for any HT applications.)
The room is 20 x 20, with a pitched but not terribly high ceiling. It's open to other rooms and has very little dampening.
Once upon a time I worked in an independent store that handled medium- to high-end audio (though I worked in their music department). My Christmas bonus each year was a different component, thus the vintage nature of my system:
Denon 47F turntable
It all works great, so I see no obvious reason to upgrade any of it, and I may die clutching the turntable I love it so much, but I did need new speakers. I knew that Klipsch made high-quality products and felt that I couldn't go wrong, and was surprised when the salesman steered me toward the smallest floor speakers in the line. I do appreciate that he recommended the entry level speakers even after I indicated with my questions that my budget could be pushed higher. Perhaps he saw a female and thought I wouldn't hear the difference between one and another. We weren't in a sound room, so demonstrating them on the switch box wasn't revelatory. He convinced me through zombie mind control that I couldn't possibly need more.
If the answer is to buy a subwoofer, I have never owned one and don't know how to assess my needs, given my room arrangement, a 100-watt per channel amp, and 75-watt speakers. Am I looking for driver size? Watts? Do I want a passive sub since I have an amp? Can I use either my pre-amp's normal or lab outs to connect since it lacks a sub out?
If you have made it to the end of this, I don't take your time investment lightly. I have tried to read around and educate myself, but I know just enough now to be confused. Any shared expertise is appreciated.